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Thursday, October 08, 2009


I'm polishing my journalism cred by reprinting this press release from the city.

What: Downtown Durham Loop Two-Way Traffic Feasibility Study

Who: City of Durham Department of Public Works, Transportation and Engineering Divisions

When: Thursday, October 15, 2009, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Durham City Hall

Committee Room, Second Floor

101 City Hall Plaza

Durham, N.C. 27701

Fast Facts:

* The City’s Department of Public Works is ready to present conceptual designs showing two alternatives for converting the downtown loop into two-way traffic. This workshop is in direct response to the growing interest to convert the streets that comprise the “downtown loop” (Roxboro Street, Morgan Street, Great Jones Street, and Ramseur Street) from one-way to two-way traffic to improve vehicular access to the downtown core and potentially facilitate economic redevelopment.

* During the past 12 months, Kimley-Horn has been working with the Transportation and Engineering Divisions of the City’s Department of Public Works on the feasibility study for converting these downtown streets to two-way traffic operation. Kimley-Horn studied the existing and projected year 2025 traffic conditions and has developed functional roadway/pavement marking plans for two conversion alternatives.

* City staff will be on hand to discuss the project, present the conceptual designs, answer questions, and take note of any comments and concerns at this early phase in the project.

* Additional information, including project maps of the proposed two-way conversion alternatives, is available on the City’s Web site at

* For additional information or to submit comments on the conceptual designs, contact Tim Jackson, project manager with the City’s Department of Public Works, at (919) 560-4326, ext. 30255 or via e-mail at

* The City will provide auxiliary aids and services under the Americans with Disabilities Act for disabled persons who wish to participate in this information meeting. Anyone requiring special services should contact Jackson as early as possible so that arrangements can be made accordingly.

Neighborhood, bike, and pedestrian listservs are already urging people to attend the session to weigh in on the need for the city to make this project one that serves other needs than improving "improve vehicular access to the downtown core."

Looks to me like once this is done, making Roxboro and Mangum two way between downtown and I-85 is not only easy, but pretty much a necessity.



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